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2006-07-07 19:57:10

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. military report into the killings of up to 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year found that senior Marine officers failed to investigate conflicting and false reports of the killings, CBS News reported on Friday. Despite evidence that initial reports the civilians died in a roadside bomb attack were false, the investigation found that no Marine officer in the chain of command questioned the original account despite several "red flags," CBS said. Iraqi...

2006-07-07 19:11:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marine officers at every level up to and including the colonel who commanded the regiment failed to investigate conflicting reports of the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year, CBS News reported on Friday. Despite evidence that initial reports the civilians died in a roadside bomb attack were false, the report said that no Marine officer in the chain of command questioned the original account, CBS reported. The military said earlier on Friday...

2006-07-07 18:03:34

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. commander in Iraq has been sent a report that recommends better training and command procedures after probing whether Marines covered up the killing of civilians in Haditha last year, officials said on Friday. Lieutenant General Peter Chiarelli, head of ground forces in Iraq, completed his review of an investigative report into whether Marines involved in the November 19 incident lied about what happened when up to 24 Iraqi civilians were killed and...

2006-07-06 08:04:17

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister urged the U.S. military on Thursday to keep "reckless" troops from serving in Iraq in order to prevent abuses like the alleged rape and murder of a teenager and her family by U.S. soldiers in March. Expanding on calls for an independent inquiry and a review of foreign troops' immunity from Iraqi law, Nuri al-Maliki said commanders should do a better job in preparing their soldiers. "There needs to be a plan to educate...

2006-07-04 12:41:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general pledged on Tuesday to get to the truth of charges that a discharged U.S. Army private raped and murdered a young Iraqi woman and shot three family members to death south of Baghdad in March. "We are going to get to the bottom of these allegations." Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview on CBS's "The Early Show." "If the investigation leads us to enough information, we put it into the courts and...

2006-07-03 11:39:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. soldier was arrested and charged with killing four Iraqi civilians and raping one of the female victims, U.S. officials said on Monday. Steven Green, 21, who was stationed in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, appeared in court in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is expected to be sent to Kentucky where he has been charged with the attacks that took place in March 2006 near Mahmudiya, Iraq. Green, who faces a possible death penalty if convicted,...

2006-07-03 06:06:52

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A woman apparently at the center of a rape-murder probe by the U.S. military in Iraq was only 15 and voiced fears about soldiers' advances before she and her family were killed in March, the Washington Post said on Monday. Quoting the mayor of Mahmudiya, near Baghdad, an unnamed hospital official and neighbors of the alleged victims, the newspaper named the woman, her parents and 7-year-old sister as having been killed in their home in the town on March 11. The...

2006-07-02 13:26:05

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - News of the alleged rape and murder of an Iraqi woman by U.S. soldiers and the killing of her family "reveals the real, ugly face of America," Iraq's main organization of Sunni Muslim clerics said on Sunday. The Muslim Scholars Association, a fierce critic of the U.S. occupation, was a rare voice raised in anger, however, with few Iraqi media willing to broach the taboo topic of rape since U.S. commanders revealed their investigation on Friday. "(We) condemn this...

2006-06-30 13:53:59

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers may have raped an Iraqi woman and then murdered her and three members of her family, including a child, U.S. army officers said on Friday. Confirming another major investigation into alleged killing and abuse of Iraqi civilians by at least three U.S. troops, one official said the incident in March just south of Baghdad had initially been blamed on insurgents active in the area. The probe is the latest in a series in recent weeks...

2006-06-30 11:51:43

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is investigating whether U.S. soldiers raped an Iraqi woman and then killed her and three members of her family, including a child, south of Baghdad in March, officials said on Friday. It is the latest in a series of military investigations in which U.S. troops are suspected of killing civilians in Iraq. Army Maj. Gen. James Thurman, the top U.S. commander in the Baghdad area, asked the Army's Criminal Investigation Command to...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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